The article will help you remove Project34 ransomware effectively. Follow the ransomware removal instructions at the end of this article.
Project34 is a ransomware cryptovirus. The ransom note of the virus is written in the Russian language. However, not only Russian-speaking users could be the target of the ransomware. Your files will become encrypted and get a prefix before their original filenames, which is firstname.lastname@example.org, after the encryption process is finished. Continue reading below to see how you could try to potentially restore some of your data.
|Short Description||The ransomware encrypts files on your computer and displays a ransom message afterward.|
|Symptoms||The ransomware will encrypt your files and put the prefix email@example.com just in front of their names after it finishes its encryption process.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments|
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|Data Recovery Tool||Windows Data Recovery by Stellar Phoenix Notice! This product scans your drive sectors to recover lost files and it may not recover 100% of the encrypted files, but only few of them, depending on the situation and whether or not you have reformatted your drive.|
Project34 Ransomware – Delivery Ways
Project34 ransomware might spread its infection with various methods. The payload file which initiates the malicious script for this ransomware is being spread around the Internet, and some Russian users report that it has been under a file named “WindowsUpdate.exe”. If that file lands on your computer system and you execute it – your personal computer will become infected.
Project34 ransomware might also deliver its payload file via social media networks and file-sharing services. Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the cryptovirus. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the ransomware prevention tips from our forums.
Project34 Ransomware – Technical Overview
The Project34 ransomware is also a cryptovirus, that gets its name from the e-mail attached as a prefix to every encrypted file. The main target of the virus seems to be Russian-speaking people, as its ransom message is written in the Russian language. However, computers of other users might be infected as well.
Project34 ransomware could make entries in the Windows Registry to achieve persistence, and probably launch or repress processes in a Windows environment. Such entries are typically designed in a way to launch the virus automatically with each start of the Windows operating system.
The note is indeed written in Russian, but probably not by a Russian as a native speaker of that language would not write in such a way. The ransom note is contained inside a text file, that is called ПАРОЛЬ.txt. You can view the ransom message that loads after file encryption right down here:
That ransom note reads the following:
ВАШИ ФАЙЛЫ НАХОДЯТЬСЯ ПОД ПАРОЛЕМ
ЧТОБЫ ПОЛУЧИТЬ ПАРОЛЬ
НАПИШИТЕ НАМ НА firstname.lastname@example.org
МЫ ОТВЕТИМ ВАМ В ТЕЧЕНИИ 20 ЧАСОВ
В СООБЩЕНИИ УКАЖИТЕ СВОЙ IP АДРЕСС
ЕГО МОЖНО УЗНАТЬ НА 2IP.RU
A rough translation of that note in English states the following:
YOUR FILES HAVE BEEN UNDER THE PASSWORD
TO GET PASSWORD
WRITE US ON email@example.com
WE WILL RESPOND YOU WITHIN 20 HOURS
IN A MESSAGE, SPECIFY YOUR IP ADDRESS
IT IS POSSIBLE TO KNOW AT 2IP.RU
The note of the Project34 ransomware states that your files are password protected and the only way to retrieve that password is to contact the firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address. On that address you will be given a certain ransom price to pay to unlock your data. You should NOT under any circumstance contact these cybercriminals or think of paying them. Your files may not get restored, and nobody could give you any guarantee of that. Furthermore, giving money to these crooks will likely motivate them to create more ransomware or do other criminal activities.
For the moment there is no list with file extensions that the Project34 ransomware seeks to encrypt.
Despite that, all of the files that get encrypted will receive the same prefix attached to the beginning of their original file names, which is the email@example.com e-mail.
The Project34 cryptovirus is likely to delete all the Shadow Volume Copies from the Windows operating system by using the following command:
→vssadmin.exe delete shadows /all /Quiet
Keep on reading to find out what kind of ways you could try to potentially restore some of your files.
Remove Ransomware and Restore firstname.lastname@example.org Files
If your computer got infected with the Project34 ransomware virus, you should have a bit of experience in removing malware. You should get rid of this ransomware as quickly as possible before it can have the chance to spread further and infect other computers. You should remove the ransomware and follow the step-by-step instructions guide provided below.
How to Remove Project34 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Project34
Step 2: Uninstall Project34 and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Project34 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Project34 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for Project34 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Project34.
Ransomware infections and Project34 aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of Project34 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Project34 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Project34 via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Project34 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Project34, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by Project34 on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac Project34 aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
What is Project34 ransomware and how does it work?
Project34 is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does Project34 ransomware infect my computer?
Project34 Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of Project34 is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open .Project34 files?
You can't. At this point the .Project34 files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your .Project34 files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by Project34 ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore ".Project34" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore .Project34 files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of Project34 ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate Project34 ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important .Project34 files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like Project34 ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.
Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.